Nautical cushions

So for my first creative blog I’m going to do something really easy! I can almost hear some of you saying ‘yeah right!’ Honestly you will be amazed. It’s a bit of a cheat, but I love that. The easier it is, the more it interests me.

I originally got the idea from Pinterest, to make cushions from placemats (the kind that have 2 layers that are sewn around the edges.) I completely forgot about it and then one day I looked at a stripy, nautical, table runner that I had purchased from a supermarket for about £3. It was one of those ‘buys’ that I didn’t need or even know where or what I wanted it for! I quite often see things that I’m drawn to but don’t know why until a later date! It can be weeks, months or sometimes years!

I needed some nautical cushions for a garden party that we are having next month. I should mention at this point that anything beachy or nautical is very much my kind of thing! So I thought to myself, if you can make cushions with place mats, you can make cushions with a table runner 😉

Here is the step by step of how I made them.
1. I cut the runner into four sections.

2. The two end sections were ready to fill as they were already sewn at one end. I filled them with the fibre filling that you use for stuffing toys etc, then sewed the ends up. I used a sewing machine, but you need to push some of the stuffing further down while you do it, so that it doesn’t get caught as your trying to push it through. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can sew the ends by hand. Obviously this will take longer, but it’s still one of the quickest ways to make cushions!

3. I turned the two middle sections inside out, sewed each one completely shut at one end, then turned them back the right way, to be filled and then sewn at the opposite end.

And there you are, the quickest, easiest way to make cushions! Happy cushion making 😀

Just a note, if you’re not mad about sewing it would be best to go for the placemat option, as you would only have to make a small opening for the filler and just sew it up again once filled.

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  • Reply jenny white May 26, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    what a fab and easy way to make a cushion… the colours in yours xx

    • Reply Kate May 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks Jenny glad you liked the post x

  • Reply lisa May 26, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Kate try babies first outfits clothes blanket ect make a memorable teddies with them like planes rabbits dinosaur bears xx

    • Reply Kate May 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Excellent! Would love to see pics if you do try them x

    • Reply Kate May 27, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks for the thought Lisa. It’s not really what I do, I just make things up as I go along x

  • Reply Vicky Schulz May 27, 2015 at 7:57 am

    They look great Kate… reckon even I could have a go at something like that! Will be on the look out for some placemats xx

  • Reply Kate June 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I really don’t know – sorry

  • Reply Hannah June 18, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Love these and they look lovely on your bench, Kate!

    • Reply Kate June 18, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you Hannah x

  • Reply Mahjong July 11, 2015 at 3:36 am

    Very good blog post. I absolutely love this site. Thanks!

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